Peterhead harbour of yesteryear
While Peterhead – which established a new port record of £202m in 2018 – continues to be the main fishing port in Britain by some considerable margin, this selection of photographs, all of which were taken in the past 35 years, illustrates the extent to which times have changed both for Peterhead, and for the Scottish whitefish fleet.
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The crew of the Buckie seine-netter Hopecrest BCK 166 are taking traditional wooden fishboxes aboard at the end of a trip.
Taken in the mid-1980s from the top of the ice plant, this photo depicts a typical scene of wooden and steel-hulled whitefish boats, berthed six out in Port Hendry harbour.
Wooden boxes also prevailed in the Greenhill fishmarket…
… where the Fraserburgh seine-net boat Golden Harvest FR 198, built by Forbes of Sandhaven in 1975, was the last boat to land to a full first sale.
The crew of Venturous II landing, following the transition to plastic fishboxes.
The Danish-built Grimsby pair-trawlers Tino GY 203 and Samantha GY 327 berthed in the south harbour, while their crews repair torn gear on the quay.
Fourteen boats lying stern-to in the south harbour, with the old lifeboat house visible in the background.